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Equipment operator/lineman electrocuted in Indiana, September 12, 1988.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1988 Nov; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00186198
Abstract
The case of an equipment operator/lineman who died when the wooden crossarm of a utility pole failed, dropping energized electrical lines onto him, was examined. The employer was a power line construction company with 12 employees. The company had been in operation 32 years. The victim was a member of a 6 man crew installing a new electric distribution system to replace an existing system in a rural area. He was a qualified journeyman lineman. The existing 7200 volt system consisted of three conductors installed on wooden crossarms. The victim and one coworker were standing near a pole from which a transformer was being removed to a new pole. As the transformer was lifted from the old pole, the wooden crossarm supporting the hot arm and the live conductors failed, dropping the energized lines onto the victim. His body provided a path to ground and he fell with the lines across him. Death was caused by electrocution. It is recommended that supervisors be certain workers understand the hazards they routinely encounter in the workplace. Had the man not been standing directly under energized power lines, his death would not have occurred. The victim was not engaged in the removal of the transformer and as such, company policy should have required him to remain a safe distance from the worksite until his services were needed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; FACE-88-47; Region-5; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-workers; Electrical-shock; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19881129
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-187603
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-88-47
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-88-47, 5 pages
State
IN; WV
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